Everett, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox stayed hot, winning their seventh straight game 2-1 over the Spokane Indians before a crowd of 2,367 at Everett Memorial Stadium Saturday. Andrew Carraway and the Frogs’ bullpen limited the Indians to one run on three hits and Justin Seager and Jack Reinheimer had two-out RBI singles to help the AquaSox to the win. Kelvin Vasquez took the loss for the Indians despite striking out nine in 4.2 innings of work.
After Vasquez faced the minimum number of batters through three innings while racking up six strikeouts, the Frogs broke through in the fourth. Reinheimer drew a four-pitch walk with one out and DJ Peterson followed with an infield single that he hit deep in the hole at shortstop. Austin Wilson hit into a fielder’s choice, with Peterson being forced out at second to put runners at the corners with two outs. After Wilson took second on a wild pitch to move into scoring position, Seager hit a hard groundball up the middle that Indians’ shortstop Alberto Triunfel smothered behind the bag, but was unable to recover in time to get a throw off to get Seager, allowing Reinheimer to score to give the ‘Sox a 1-0 lead. It was Seager’s third RBI of the season. Another wild pitch by Vasquez moved Seager to second and put runners at second and third, but Vasquez fanned Phillips Castillo to minimize the damage.
AquaSox’ starter Andrew Carraway, who was a 12th round selection by the Mariners and played for Everett in 2009, looked sharp Saturday in the first start of his rehab assignment from the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Carraway worked four innings before giving way to Min-Sih Chen and didn’t allow a hit. The only man to get on base against him was Triunfel, who reached on an error by Brito to lead off the game. He struck out five and walked none while taking a no decision.
The ‘Sox added to their lead with a two-out rally in the fifth. Bryan Brito lined a single into left field to get things going and James Zamarripa followed with a base hit through the hole into right field. Reinheimer then singled up the middle to score Brito and chase Vasquez. The Indians brought in Alex De La Cruz to face Peterson with a couple men on and two-out. A balk on a 2-2 pitch moved the runners to second and third, but De La Cruz struck out Peterson to retire the side
Kevin Torres, who went 2-3 on the night, got a run back quickly for the Indians when he lined Chen’s first pitch of the sixth inning onto the homer porch beyond the right field fence. It was Torres’ first home run with the Indians this year, after hitting three with Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League. Chen recovered to record the next three outs in order to keep the Frogs ahead at 2-1 after six.
Aaron Brooks sealed the 2-1 win when he came on in the ninth to get the save, his third of 2013. Saquan Johnson lead off the inning with a single, but was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Brooks then got Triunfel to ground out before issuing a walk to Janluis Castro with two outs. With the tying run aboard, Ryan Cordell launched a ball to the wall in center, but Zamarripa made a leaping catch to end the game.
The AquaSox’ bullpen continued its strong start to 2013. Chen worked two innings, allowing just the home run by Torres. Jose Valdivia (2-0) came on in relief of Chen and pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn his second win of the year. Offensively, Seager was 2-4 with a double and an RBI for Everett. Peterson was 1-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
The Indians’ starter, Vasquez (0-1), went 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out nine and walked one. De La Cruz and Mike Zouzalik combined to toss 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The AquaSox improved on their Northwest League-best record, moving to 14-2 and 5.5 games ahead of Vancouver. Spokane fell to 6-10, eight games off the pace. Everett and Spokane wrap up their series tomorrow at 7:05 PM at Everett Memorial Stadium, as the Frogs go for their second straight sweep of the Indians and their eighth straight win. The ‘Sox then hit the road for a quick three-game set at Vancouver before coming home to take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in a five-game series beginning July 4th. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.